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Open Letter to the Twizard Community

Posted by Marissa Petal on March 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Okay, I've been bottling up my opinions on how I feel about the way the Twizard community has been acting and as a blogger, I should have the right to express my opinion without fear of hate or getting pulled into drama. So, I am practically dancing on my grave as I write this post.


I have been a Twizard since April 2010, that's a long time, almost four years actually. I have seen many, MANY, people come and go. I've made so many friends over the years, and I miss most of the former Twizard community members. But I guess nobody can stay forever.

I am going to be brutually honest with you guys in this post. I don't like how the current Twizard community has been acting. Why you ask? Many reasons.

The first one is, cursing. Since when do Twizards curse? And since when was it okay to curse within this community? We don't know who's sitting behind that computer screen. Maybe it could be a 7 year old who loves Wizard101 and wanted to be more social? And even plus, we play a KID-FRIENDLY game. I wouldn't expect members from a kid-friendly game to curse while they're representing as a member of a game.

The second reason is, unnecessary drama. I've seen so many bad talk other and pick on everybody. Or maybe they'll lash out somebody with negativity and it causes a fight. Sure, back then there would be drama, but it wouldn't be so often as now.

The third reason is, unnecessary blocking. There's a difference between blocking for a reason and blocking for no reason. I know that it's the person's choice on who to block and who not to block. But if you're going to block somebody just because that person doesn't like Nutella and you do, you REALLY need to reconsider how pesada (picky) you're acting.

The fourth reason is, being unhelpful. It's sad to see or experience a ask for help and you don't recieve any. Okay, I understand that not everybody is going to answer your beck-and-call. I understand that not everybody is at their computer 24/7. I understand that not everybody has max levels. But really? Does somebody have to go through half-an-hour on Twitter, ranting and asking for help before they recieve it?

The fifth reason is, bribery. On Twitter, I most see tweets or posts for 60K crowns contests or raffles rather than meaningful blog posts. And just like Ian said in his recent Open Letter, sure it's okay to host contests. But don't make it such a habit or depend on them for views. I remembered when I first joined the Twizard community, most of the time I saw meaningful and in-depth blog posts. How about we bring that back? How about we die down the contests for a while and actually see and read the posts that so many people work so hard on to write and publish for you guys.

The sixth reason is, fear. It feels like we can't express our opinions without getting bashed on. I know I have felt that way before. And I knew that if I expressed my opinion about something or someone, I'd probably get bashed on and pulled into drama. Is this the way a community should be? Hiding and keeping opinions to themselves out of fear? I mean, sure, don't express EVERY opinion. If you're not going to say something nice, don't say it at all. 

The seventh reason is, lack of community. We are a community that hardly throws parties or farming events. Heck, I remembered when there was a meet-and-greet that featured official bloggers. I remembered getting so much lag from being in the Ravenwood Ball, but I wouldn't care because I was there hanging out with my co-worker and friend Cassandra Lifecaster, and my friends Mary Dreamshade and Amber Rosepetal. I remembered we would go hang out with the Friendly Necromancer, Stephen Spiritcaller, Leesha Darkheart, Fallon, Fallon Shadowblade, and Christina Iceheart. Sure, those people can't come back. But why kill the parties? Why don't we throw a Jade Oni farming party? Or our own version of the Ravenwood Ball? Since when did the podcast after-parties die? Most of the community activities I see now-a-days are just award shows, and that's basically full of competition and jealously. It would be nice to go to an in-game party where we can all just hang out and maybe do some PVP.


One last comment to put in; where is the magic? Some days it doesn't even feel like we don't even play Wizard101, in my opinion. The only time I feel like the Twizard community is actually a community that PLAYS Wizard101 is when new content is released. Seriously? We've got PVP, gardening, and many other activities to do in-game. It would be nice to see more of that again.


These are my opinions. You can take it or leave it; love it or hate it. I wish I can see much more change in this community. It would be nice to see the majority of it shift back to it's old times. But I know that I'm just a girl and my words aren't enough to place a powerful impact on the entire community. But I just ask of this; if you don't like this post, if this post made you angry, don't bash on me for my words; don't bully me for my words. This post is ment for the general public. I don't intend on bashing or pointing out any website or person. And another thing, I am glad Ian had started making these 'Open Letters'. Thanks to him, I had the courage to write this post with no fear nor regret. I hope that these Open Letters will encourage you to open up on your opinions, just like how they've done to me.

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4 Comments

Reply Marissa Petal
9:09 PM on April 7, 2014 
Christina says...
Hi Marissa! Thank you for all of the time you put into writing this and for your passion for the community. Just want to comment on one thing you wrote. The podcasting parties ending is because I am co-host now. Leesha and Fallon live in the Central Time zone, so it was easier for them to stay up after the show wrapped. I start yawning half-way through the show as it is, so I really can't. Stephen doesn't get time to eat dinner between work and the show. He used to be able to sneak off to nom the first few minutes of the party when it was Leesha/Fallon but I can't be there. We loved the parties and really miss them. Also, there's nothing to stop folks from having a party while the show is recording (even though we can't be there). We will announce the location and realm during the live show, hopefully it will get a big crowd! Anyway, in the next few days (thanks to you and Blaze) we will be making an announcement about two annual events we will be hosting in Wizard101, and we are laying the groundwork to get some smaller events set up. We can't be as active as in the past, but there are so many more websites than were before that I think with some work and coordination we can get close to the same number of events overall! Thanks again Marissa.


Hi Christina! The situation of you and Stephen doing the after-parties are totally understandable! But the parties during the podcast is a really great idea! You and Stephen do such an amazing job and I look forward to what you guys have in store! :)
Reply Christina
7:52 PM on April 7, 2014 
Hi Marissa! Thank you for all of the time you put into writing this and for your passion for the community. Just want to comment on one thing you wrote. The podcasting parties ending is because I am co-host now. Leesha and Fallon live in the Central Time zone, so it was easier for them to stay up after the show wrapped. I start yawning half-way through the show as it is, so I really can't. Stephen doesn't get time to eat dinner between work and the show. He used to be able to sneak off to nom the first few minutes of the party when it was Leesha/Fallon but I can't be there. We loved the parties and really miss them. Also, there's nothing to stop folks from having a party while the show is recording (even though we can't be there). We will announce the location and realm during the live show, hopefully it will get a big crowd! Anyway, in the next few days (thanks to you and Blaze) we will be making an announcement about two annual events we will be hosting in Wizard101, and we are laying the groundwork to get some smaller events set up. We can't be as active as in the past, but there are so many more websites than were before that I think with some work and coordination we can get close to the same number of events overall! Thanks again Marissa.
Reply stephen
7:49 PM on April 7, 2014 
Great post, Marissa. Christina and I had a nice discussion after reading his e-mail, and we're looking forward to trying to help breathe some fun back into the community. :)
Reply Arthur
8:58 PM on April 6, 2014 
i feel the same way and every way that you said it i'm sry if it's a late reply to this post but i just had to say it's so true what you been talking about about everything